mythology, Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati is the first deity to be worshipped
during any religious ritual as he is considered the remover of all obstacles.
His huge body represents the Universe and trunk the Pranava or Ohm, the symbol
of the Brahman. His elephant’s head denotes superior intelligence. The noose he held in his hand reminds us that worldly
attachments are a noose. The hook in his hand is to prod us to the path of righteousness. The broken tusk is symbolic of knowledge.
The modaka in his hand remind us of the sweetness of one’s inner self.
The physical form of Ganesha reminds us that real beauty is inner beauty, the
spiritual perfection. Similarly his vehicle, the rat tells us the importance of smallest of things existing in universe.